TMA integration with MGA will bring added benefits
IT’S OFFICIAL .... TMA is integrating with the MGA! The integration vote was the culmination of two years’ work by the TMA Committee and the MGA Board, designed to bring the two associations together for their mutual benefit.
The proposal was announced to members on 11 April 2017 and at a lunch hosted by TMA at Leonda By The Yarra. On 22 June TMA members voted unanimously to approve integration of the Association with the MGA.
The TMA will change its name to Timber Merchants Australia and will be a distinct division within the MGA. Members will have access to all the services provided by the MGA, as well as timber industry-focussed advocacy provided by Eric Siegers and Jos De Bruin, the CEO of MGA.
“TMA members are not just retailers – our members are wholesalers, timber processors, manufacturers, saw millers, truss and frame manufacturers, and harvesting contractors, as well as timber and hardware merchants.
“This is why it’s important to stress that in the new structure we will have timber-focussed people working on issues that matter to our industry,” said Eric.
“On top of this, we will have access to a greater range of resources than we can currently source. Instead of just one industrial relations adviser, members will have access nationally to four advisers, including Emma Watt. This will increase the probability that you will get your queries answered immediately. And for members operating across the country, it increases the scope of our services,” he said.
TMA will still offer OHS / WHS hazard identification, risk assessment and system audit services, utilising the skills and experience of a timber industry auditor.
“Our relationships with training organisations will be strengthened, and MGA delivers training programs that are relevant to all businesses, as well as retail specific training courses.
“By expanding their hardware and timber membership, MGA will underpin their growth as a national employer association servicing our industry. There are many synergies between the work the two associations do for members, and by combining our efforts, we can achieve a better outcome for your businesses,” he said.
TMA will apply to the Fair
Work Commission to deregister the organisation in accordance with the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act 2009 (Cth). The Australian Electoral Commission will ballot members to determine support for cancellation of the TMA’s registration, so members will be asked to vote formally by post on this aspect of the change.
Once registration has been cancelled, the Timber Merchants’ Association (Vic) (TMA) will be wound up. We will still be known as the TMA (Timber Merchants Australia), a part of MGA, with a national reach and focus.
TMA members will then transfer to MGA as Associate Members, and all functions of the TMA will integrate with MGA.
Both Eric Siegers and Emma Watt will work with MGA to continue to service TMA members.
The management and committees of both MGA and TMA started working together from 1 July. The formal launch of the TMA division of the MGA will be announced in a few months.
The TMA Committee of Management will remain in place for continuity, and will concentrate more on industry issues affecting the members they represent nationally.
MGA Independent Retailers is a fast moving, agile and forward-thinking employer organisation supporting 2500 Independent Supermarkets, Liquor Retailers and 60 timber and hardware Stores in Australia.
As a national employer organisation, their role is to support employers with areas of their business that they may not have the time, money or resources to focus on.
They provide the following ‘back of house’ support services to members: Legal and HR/IR Services; Training Courses; Advocacy and Representation; Networking Opportunities; Energy Efficiency Information; Up-to-date Industry News.
MGA initially started out as Master Grocers Association of Victoria (MGAV) in 1898 as the ‘Grocer’s and Traveller’s’ club with an annual subscription of 5 shillings.
In 2006 Master Grocers Association of Victoria expanded nationally and became Master Grocers Australia.
In 2009 MGA absorbed the Liquor Stores Association of Victoria (LSAV), which resulted in the forming of Liquor Retailers Australia.
In 2011 MGA absorbed the National Association of Retail Grocers Australia (NARGA).
In 2013 MGA expanded again and took on Mitre 10 stores as members.
In 2015 Master Grocers Australia rebranded as MGA Independent Retailers.
■ Eric Siegers